Scrapbooking as an Intervention to Enhance Coping in Individuals Experiencing Grief and Loss


  • Joanna King Temple University
  • Brooke Prout Temple University
  • Amanda Stuhl Temple University
  • Rhonda Nelson Temple University



bereavement, coping, grief, loss, memory book, scrapbook


Engaging in grief rituals is one way to help individuals cope with loss during traumatic and transitional events (Castle & Phillips, 2003). Creating scrapbooks that incorporate personal, symbolic objects is one activity that has been highly ranked as a preferred grief ritual in individuals dealing with loss (Castle & Phillips, 2003).  Scrapbooks can serve as a catalyst for communication and discussion between individuals and their families, as well as provide an opportunity to connect and share with peers (McCarthy & Sebaugh, 2011). The use of scrapbooks may be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty expressing their feelings with words (Karns, 2002), or for children who are unable to verbalize their feelings (Williams & Lent, 2008). This brief literature review examined the benefits associated with scrapbooking for individuals experiencing grief and loss. A knowledge translation plan offering suggestions for incorporating findings into recreational therapy practice is also provided.

Author Biographies

Joanna King, Temple University

Joanna King is a graduate student in the MS in Recreation Therapy program at Temple University.

Brooke Prout, Temple University

Brooke Prout is a graduate student in the MS in Recreation Therapy progrram at Temple University.

Amanda Stuhl, Temple University

Amanda Stuhl is a student in the accelerated BS/MS program in Recreation Therapy at Temple University.

Rhonda Nelson, Temple University

Rhonda Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University, and Program Director for the Therapeutic Recreation Program.





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